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Hi I'm Anna! I grew up in Hillandale, Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C. I am currently designing and pursuing my own major, called Managerial Psychology and the Law. This is made possible by the Bachelors Degree with Individual Concentrations Program (BDIC), which is unique to UMass! My major draws from different disciplines, including Business Management, Psychology, and Legal Studies. I am also minoring in Political Science and Sociology. In my spare time, I am a mentor in the Adoption Mentor Program, an avid gym goer, and an enthusiastic dining hall bum.

As a Junior, I can confidently say that committing to UMass was the best decision I ever made. If you ever have any questions about academics or everyday life, feel free to email me at

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Chez Mes Parents

Parents in Paris

Last week, my parents and I shared a week full of relaxing walks, home-cooked food, and lots of Netflix. I know you probably can’t tell from that description, but we spent this last week in Antibes! Indeed, my parents finally came to visit me.

See You in May, UMass!

I haven’t forgotten abut you, UMass.

One of my best friends is graduating a year early and will be walking in this year's graduation. Of course, I plan on being there to watch her walk (jet-lagged, but proud). As an added bonus, I will be getting paid to do it!

Up Next..

Funny story. I almost had to write a 40-page single-spaced page paper while abroad. Why? Because I accidentally enrolled myself into the SKEMA Business Program Thesis class! To be fair, the course was called “Business Research.” So I thought, "Hey, I’m studying business.

Portugal, You're the Man

The other weekend, I took a trip somewhere that stole my heart: Portimao, Portugal. Portimao is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, with long sandy beaches, large rock formations towering over the ocean, and sun that reflects off of the brightly-colored buildings and rec

My Gym in Antibes

Free weights

As promised, this blog post is all about my gym in Antibes! Fitness has become one of the most important things in my life ... it is something that keeps me sane and makes me happy. One of my biggest concerns about going abroad was whether I would be able to continue training for the four months I was away from my beloved UMass Recreation Center. If you’re planning to study abroad on the French Riviera and are curious about the gym situation, keep reading!

An Ode to Facetime

Facetime screenshot of a dog

Thank you …

For allowing me to FaceTime my parents, my dog, and my friends (in no particular order). Thank you for allowing me to see the enormous piles of snow in my backyard at home (and reminding me I could be there too, and to stop complaining the weather when it’s 50 degrees and partly sunny).

My Top 5 Google Searches Before Going Abroad: 1 Month Update

Google search bar

I’ve been abroad for about a month now, and I have already had so many amazing experiences! In just four weeks, I have started at a new school, met people from all walks of life, and challenged myself in ways I never thought possible. With all this excitement, I have learned a lot, so I figured it was time for me attempt to answer my initial questions before making my decision to go abroad (If you don't know what questions I’m talking about, check out my blog post “My Top 5 Google Searches Before Going Abroad”)! 

Apartment Tour

My apartment in Antibes is located in a residential building, just across the street from the ocean. From our third-floor balcony, we can see the ocean and enjoy the late afternoon sun. Every roommate group in CEA has an apartment in a different building in the town, and I have come to

Cheap Thrills

The off-campus place my friends and I probably visit the most is VIP Nails. Ever since we found this place freshman year, my friends and I have been religiously going every month or so.

Eating Good

I’m rich! I feel like that businessman you see in movies at a fancy restaurant, who nonchalantly says to the waiter, “Put it all on my tab.” I bet you’re wondering how I could possibly be saying I’m rich when by bank account is in the double digits...


SBS in DC: Summer Internship

SBS in DC summer internship

The College of Social Behavioral Sciences has an amazing program that connects current UMass students with UMass alumni working in Washington, D.C., for an unforgettable summer internship. This year, "SBS in DC" students can land an internship in a congressional office, lobbying firm, or a non-profit advocacy organization. This program really hooks it up. SBS in D.C. covers housing costs at the Washington Intern Student Housing on Capitol Hill, and also offers one academic credit. Additional funding to cover transportation, food, metro card, and other expenses are available based on financial need.

Perks of a Big School

Perks of a big school like the University of Massachusetts

When I was applying to colleges, I remember being attracted to both big and small schools. Both seemed to have their distinct advantages. After two-and-a-half years, I am beyond glad I picked the University of Massachusetts, and I am even more grateful that it is a big school. Here are some perks of bigger universities: 

How to Write a Good Admissions Essay

How to write a good admissions essay

These days, most colleges — including UMass — use a holistic admissions review. This means that prospective students are seen as more than just numbers on paper. Factors like personal experiences, strengths, and compatibility with the university are also considered. So, how do you use this to your advantage? You write an unforgettable essay that makes you stand out to admissions officers. Here are some tips to do just that:

What to Expect When Living in a Southwest Tower

View of the Pioneer Valley from the Southwest Towers at UMass Amherst

I lived in Southwest Residential Area towers my first two years of college (Kennedy Tower my freshman year and Washington Tower my sophomore year). When I first toured UMass, I remember feeling as if these giant, concrete buildings were looming over me. From one of the high floors, someone yelled “PICK UMASS!” At the time, I was slightly intimidated by the aggressively enthusiastic Southwest population. However after two years, I have come to love this corner of campus.